Friday, April 30, 2010

Earliest Memory...

Have you ever been asked what is your earliest memory? Hmmm--makes you think, and to be honest the more time you take to think about it the further back you can get. I have read that age 3 tends to be the earliest most people can recall a memory.

I first came to this question when I was working on a Mother's Memory book for my daughter when she got married. It starts way back to my mother and works it's way to my daughter on her wedding day. It was in those pages that the question was posed; What is your earliest memory? Every time I was ready to write something down, I came up with a new one, so decided to spend a couple of days mulling it over. Finally I found that I could not go back any further; the memory that I came up with was of my Great Grandma.


Great Grandma lived across the field from us; you could see her house from our kitchen window and we had a trail through the hay field to her place. I remember walking in her house where a a trap door to the cellar lay directly in front of the door. It was covered with a throw rug and there was no way to get into the house without walking over this door. My memory is of fear; that I might fall down through that door into the dark cellar! I recall the wood burning kitchen stove facing me as I stood there, the kitchen table with the oil cloth covering, to the right of me and the parlor to the left. I remember the feeling of love when I was with her, and her sitting in a burgundy velvet upholstered, high back rocking chair, reaching out to me with a smile:)
I could go on to tell you more, but that would no longer be MY memory; it would be of stories I have heard from other family members.


As I wrote of this in my daughter's book, I had to go back and figure out how old I would have been at this time. Well, my Great Grandma died in 1956; I was 3 years old...

Wishing you moments of going back to your earliest memory.

20 comments:

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THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

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Kelly L said...

That is a hard question - I remember getting a plastic wallet from my Uncle - I must have been about 3...

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Gina F said...

Peggy, My earliest memory is when I had open-heart surgery when I was 5 years old. I remember laying in the hospital bed with my twin brother by my side looking at me with his big brown eyes worrying about me. All I wanted was my twin brother and to have my thumb in my mouth sucking. Yes, I sucked my thunb okay. Hee Hee! HAVE A BLESS WEEKEND!!! :) TOODLES :)

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VKT said...

Wow Peggy! That is amazing. I am going to get in a quiet place and see if I can pull out my earliest memory. I love the way you described your great grandmother's house so vividly. Great post. Have a great week-end my blogging friend.

Robyn Jones said...

Love hearing about the memory...and what a cool picture to have..I don't really have any pictures of my family at all...at least not my parents or my grand parents... BTW..have fun at the wedding!! Have a great weekend...

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Marvelous Mommy said...

That's a great picture! Stopping by from Friday Follow! I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd come visit me! I will have lots of giveaways running during the month of May!

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Evelyn said...

Found you via FF.
That is great you are starting this for your daughter. My mom told me stories for years, and we didn't write them down. When we finally thought about doing it, and researching her ancestry, she unexpectedly passed away. I wish we had it recorded ....

-K said...

Great photo, too cool. My earliest memory was is of my older brother. I used to bug him and steal his toys. Good times.

Life Is A SandCastle said...

What a great memory.

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